Keith E. Schaefer
Keith E. Schaefer, Executive Chairman of City Paper Box, a leading supplier of paper boxes for the foodservice industry. Based in Los Angeles , CA., CPB manufactures and sells its products through a network of distributors that cover the western USA. The company is committed to a 100% green product line that is sold to high end bakeries, grocery stores, chain restaurants and amusement parks. Mr. Schaefer led an investor group in the purchase of CPB in 2011. Since the acquisition, the company has more than tripled its revenue and market share.
Over the past 24 years, Mr. Schaefer has held senior management positions with companies ranging from hyper‐growth start‐ups to Fortune 100s and a Global 500 company. He has co‐founded or led more than ten start‐ups and two buy‐outs, and was instrumental in completing two Initial Public Offerings and nine trade sales. Recognized for outstanding leadership, Schaefer was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007 in the western Pennsylvania region and CEO of the Year in 2009 by the Pittsburgh Technology Council.
Prior to City Paper Box, Schaefer served as Co‐Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President of BPL Global, Ltd., planning, directing and managing all aspects of the company’s strategy, business development, joint venture partnerships and financing. In 2011, BPL Global, Ltd. was sold to Danaher, Inc.
In addition, Schaefer was Senior Partner at Constellation Partners and previous to that Executive Partner and member of the Executive Committee at US Web/CKS. He served as Executive Vice President at Viacom and President of Paramount Communications Technology Group, where he established and successfully led the Venture Capital Group and set up early initiatives and strategic alliances with Microsoft and AOL. Previously, Schaefer held presidential and CEO positions at Computer Curriculum Corporation, Worlds of Wonder, and NEC Technologies. He began his career in sales and marketing at Procter & Gamble, followed by Clorox, and then achieved the position of Executive Vice President at Atari Corporation.
Mr. Schaefer earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Pittsburgh and attended UCLA’s Graduate School of Business. He is a past President of the Alumni Association and a current Trustee of the University of Pittsburgh, and is actively involved with the University’s $2 billion capital campaign. Schaefer serves as an Advisory Board Member of the The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute. Co‐Founder of the Socrates Society at The Aspen Institute, Schaefer serves as a member of the Steering Committee. Committed to mentoring college students, he established the Schaefer Family Scholarship Fund at the University of Pittsburgh and provides internship opportunities for recent graduates. Schaefer also co‐authored the best‐selling Internet marketing book called Net Results, which is used as a reference text at leading business schools.